iOS 8 is packed with new features, but some of them you won’t have heard about yet.
We’ve scoured the latest version of iOS to discover those little details that others haven’t spotted. There aren’t many – most have been covered by other sites – but these small details are nonetheless handy and useful:
You can now delete entire albums
You can now delete entire music albums from the Music app – just swipe right-to-left across the album to delete it.
When you drag the brightness button left or right, it now glows white instead of staying black. The background also glows to indicate the change in brightness.
iOS 8 includes a brilliant new feature that predicts what words you want to type next, then shows three of them above the keyboard. If this feature annoys you, or you want to clear the screen to see more content above the keyboard, then you can drag the predictive words downwards and they will hide behind the keyboard.
Apple only showed this feature running on an iPad during the WWDC conference, but it turns out you can also hide draft emails on the iPhone by swiping them downwards. This is a really useful feature for when you need to reference another email or copy and paste content from one message to another.
The share panel gets busier with each iOS update and iteration. Now, with iOS 8 you can rearrange the icons by tapping, holding, then dragging the icon to its new placement.
Here’s some of the other things that Apple mentioned at WWDC but didn’t show:
- Rich text editing in Notes
- Purchase iTunes content with Siri
- In Case of Emergency card
- Alex voice for accessibility
- Multi-device support for
- Speak screen
- Tips app
- DuckDuckGo support in Safari
- RSS feeds in shared links
- iBooks built into iOS
- ‘Hey Siri’ for hands-free car use
- Instant burst mode for camera
- Private browsing
- WiFi calling
- Braille keyboard
- Flyover city tours inside Maps app
- Separate focus and exposure for Camera app
- Panoramic photos on iPad
- Improved zoom for accessibility
- Time limits and countdown timer for Guided Access
- Lunar calendar support
- More language support for dictionaries and keyboards for increased localization
- Battery usage by apps
- Travel time notifications
- Vector maps and navigation for China
- 24 new dictation languages
- Shazam with Siri
- Auto night mode for iBooks
- iBooks show books in a series
- Touch ID to exit from Guided Access
- Camera timer
- FaceTime call waiting